Category Archives: Social Justice

Trump, Tax Reform, and Training

Dr. Rayford Barner & Dr. Reginald C. Jackson If jobs are purported to be one the main benefits to America from the Trump administration’s reformed tax plan, then employment prospects for training and development professionals should be plentiful. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act focuses on improving the lives of all Americans, primarily the middle class, by delivering more jobs,

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Hey Alumni! Mentor, Serve and Give

If you have thought of being a mentor or have considered coaching someone in the training and development field to enrich their core understanding of a particular practice, right now is the time to start. As a Roosevelt University alumnus, I participate in the school’s peer mentoring program, volunteer on the board for the graduate program in training and development

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Reconsidering the American Dream

On this most auspicious day, we not only remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but we also begin the American Dream Reconsidered Conference here at Roosevelt University. There are many sessions focusing on this topic and social justice. Click here for more information; in addition, many sessions will be simulcast online. Our country—along with the rest of the

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Time to check your Global Mindset: A rose is a rose is a rosé?

by Vincent L. Cyboran, Ed.D. Back in the day, a receptionist handed me an old-timey, pink ‘missed-call note’ addressed to a “Vic Clybourn.” Pretty funny. Pretty harmless. Clearly, a message from someone who did not know me well, and possibly, had questionable work habits. As someone whose last name is almost always mispronounced and often misspelled, I am particularly sensitive

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Hillbilly is the New Black: Why T&D Professionals Need to Read J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”

by Vince Cyboran, Ed.D. 1963:   Q. What do you call a rich hillbilly? A. A Mount William. 2016: Q. What do you call a rich hillbilly? A. J.D. Vance. Whatever the outcome of the upcoming US presidential race, we are now faced with peoples who have once again hitched their hopes onto a set of fatuously flawed candidates. The long

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Does Diversity Training Work?

As our workforce becomes increasingly diverse, organizations look to training to increase communication and collaboration and reduce conflict. Diversity training is defined as any program designed to facilitate positive intergroup interaction, reduce prejudice and discrimination, and generally teach dissimilar others how to work together effectively (Bezrukova et al. 2012) But does diversity training deliver? A recent review suggests that the

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Person-Organization Fit

By Kathleen Iverson A family friend developed a software program that helps people buy shoes online that fit properly the first time. Based on shoes brands and styles that have been comfortable in the past, it can predict how a new pair of shoes will feel. The company, Shoefitr, was so successful that it was recently bought by Amazon. The

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